combination of yellow foliage and vivid pink flowers may not be to everyone's
taste but it certainly brightens up the spring garden. In essence, 'Ray's
Golden Campion' is a neater, yellow-leaved form of the British native red
campion, Silene dioica
, and makes a lovely plant for a dark border where its unusual pale
yellow leaves stand out vividly. The colour varies slightly from plant to
Raised after many
years of work by Ray Brown, who's developed so many exciting new plants over
the years at his Plant World in Devon, Ray told me about its background.
"Years ago I
bought a rather anaemic looking, pale-leaved, red campion at a Hardy Plant
Society plant sale," Ray explained. "It was sterile and had a pretty weak
constitution and burned in the sun. I grew this near ordinary ones and got no
fertile golden seedlings at all or indeed any golden leaved plants. But the
next generation threw up a couple of golden-leaved ones and these were the
parents of the new strain.